By David Hickey, VP of Advocacy, International Sign Association
While the sign, graphics and visual communications industry professionals look forward to April 19–22 for ISA International Sign Expo 2017, there is another date that should be circled on the calendar: November 10, 2017. That’s when Occupational Safety & Health Administration’s (OSHA) crane safety training certification requirement takes effect.
This crane certification mandate isn’t new; it passed more than six years ago, even though the compliance date is approaching just now. The mandate requires that the operator of any crane with a manufacturer-rated capacity over 2,000 pounds be certified. Please don’t put this off much longer. Sign companies that fail to comply may have to shut down cranes and service trucks in November—or face stiff penalties from OSHA. And note: criminal charges are also possible for companies that ignore this mandate.
This requires a significant investment on the part of companies; the rules require that companies pay for the cost of certification—not the crane operators themselves. Companies also incur the cost of time since workers will be off work for a few days to pursue training and certification.
Hundreds of sign company professionals participated in our webinar on February 10, 2017. If you missed it, it can be replayed by clicking the link. And set your schedule for another webinar May 10, 2017.
In the meantime, there will be many opportunities at ISA Sign Expo in Las Vegas to catch up and get the latest news about this OSHA requirement:
- Lounge & Learn (Booth 332) session at 10:45 a.m. Saturday, April 22 featuring ISA’s Kenny Peskin and a representative from Altec
- Come to The Hub, located in Bayside Foyer, to speak with ISA’s Kenny Peskin face-to-face during the Sign Code Assistance help desk hours (10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday), and
- An updated FAQ with the latest information and timeline available at The Hub, located in Bayside Foyer